A pint of Guinness is more than just a lovely drink. It's a symbol, an internationally recognisable icon; it's a source of national pride for the good people of Ireland.
Anyway, the problem with this is that everyone wants a piece of the Guinness pie (which, as we all know, is delicious) but not everyone likes the slightly acquired taste of stout.
That means that other countries around the world now have their own way to enjoy the black stuff, and while I can always go out to bat for a bottle of Nigerian Guinness, or West Indian Porter, some are just too far.
Well, Ross Maghielse, who works for the Philadelphia Inquirer, has spotted possibly the worst offender yet.
While sitting enjoying a drink in a sports bar in Seattle, he overheard someone ordering a Guinness and Sprite. Yes, that's Guinness - an Irish stout - and Sprite - a cool, refreshing lemonade.
Both of those things are great on their own, but together they form an unholy cocktail that looks like somebody has poisoned the water supply.
In his disbelief, he shared it on Twitter:
Apparently, it is, but it 100 percent should not be. There's the real answer.
Of course, being naturally inquisitive, he wanted to know what exactly this pint of garbage might have tasted like. So, he plucked up the courage to ask the person if he could try a sip.
It takes some serious stones to ask a complete stranger who has just ordered a drink that looks like an oil slick if you can sup some of it. The kind of person who would order that must surely be in some way unhinged, right?
Well, he told his Twitter followers about it. This time he said: "Update: as an adult, I asked a complete stranger 'can a try a sip' of your dumb drink. He obliged. It taste like I licked a Manhattan sidewalk a day after a nor'easter. I did this for ya'll."
I'm guessing that 'Manhattan sidewalk a day after a nor'easter' is American journalese for 'it was fucking disgusting'.
Shock horror, a drink that looks like burned bacon fat being poured down a sink also tastes horrible. As the Americans say, go figure.
Needless to say, a lot of people online agree that it is pure sacrilege.
Of all of the comments, Guardian columnist Dawn Foster possibly summed it up best:
Milky tea and Angostura bitters? White wine vinegar and mint cordial?
Some people can't be trusted.
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